A loan of $5,550 helped a member to buy tools and supplies.

Juntas Emprendiendo Futuro Group's story

Rosa, who is in the top center of the photograph, wearing a polo shirt, black hair combed back and raising her fingers to the camera, is a member of the “Juntas Emprendiendo Futuro de Cañete” communal bank, located in the Arauco province in the Bio Bio region. The members have different businesses they work in, such as selling seafood, artistic chocolates, wooden arts and crafts, knitting, and silver jewelry.

Rosa is an artist and learned from her husband 17 years ago and her children also help. Her biggest challenge is taking her lovely art out of her community, but she needs to buy a machine that she needs to make more works of art, since her husband sold the others. She is asking for a loan to be able to buy it, as well as lumber, spray paint, and varnish.

Things have gone well for her and she is happy about her sales but she is dependent on the machine so she can expand her arts and things will go much better with her sales. The thing she has liked best about working with Fondo Esperanza is the fact that is helps people and empowers them to become self-sufficient.

In this group: Jessica Ivonne, Ingrid Marlene, Enedina Del Carmen, Soledad Isolina, Teresa Candelaria, Mariluz Del Carmen, Margot Jacqueline, Carola Ester, Teresa De Jesús, Gloria Alejandra, Lorena Carmen, Rosa Oliva, Viviana Marlene, Berta Alicia, Juan Hernaldo, Minerva Ernestina, Adelaida Nayaret

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Hugo Reyes

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